Substitute player Gareth Bale helps Real Madrid third Champions League win in a row

Real Madrid in Saturday for the third time in a row, the Champions League football won. in the final in Kiev defeated Liverpool 3-1. In the interval it was still 0-0 equal.

Gareth Bale celebrates his second goal scored on behalf of Real Madrid in the Champions League final against Liverpool © Belga/AFP

Liverpool started attacking the race with the actions of the golden trio Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané. After fifteen minutes of football was Cristiano Ronaldo with the first chance for Madrid. His hard shot went a few centimetres over the crossbar. When the 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold firmly uithaalde, showed Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas yet again his value.

After almost a half hour to play broke a drama at Liverpool. Star player Salah left the field in tears after a shoulder injury left him in a duel with Sergio Ramos. Not much later, also saw Real a player failure. It was Dani Carvajal who visibly emotional field left for Nacho Fernandez.

Real came in the meantime, more and more in the match and just as it seemed that the Royal party to celebrate when Karim Benzema on the rebound binnenkopte. The lijnrechter, however, had his flag hoisted, thus the score remained unchanged.

The second half was still not doing well when Isco his shot on the crossbar saw burst. In the 51st minute and claimed Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, who is Red Devil Simon Mignolet on the bench kept the lead. He wanted the ball low to his teammate skills, but are uitgooi was cunning intercepted by Benzema, who is on a meter of the goalkeeper the ball into the goal devieerde.

Liverpool made four minutes later, right when Mané from a hoekschopfase a header from Dejan Lovren in goal worked. In the 64th minute to put Gareth Bale, just three minutes on the field, with a beautiful bicycle kick in the 2-1 on the board. On the other side tried Mané again that they are the same, but the Senegalese saw his attempt on the pole, and beaches.

In the 83rd minute flaterde Karius a second time. The competitor of Mignolet wasn’t an easy shot distance of Bale. So ended the contest at 3-1.

Failure Salah

Trainer Jürgen Klopp to Liverpool fears that Mohamed Salah the world cup should miss out as a result of the duel with Sergio Ramos. ‘Mo is now in the hospital for an x-ray,” said Klopp. “It doesn’t look good. He has something with his collarbone or shoulder.’

Salah and returned after treatment to get back on the field, but had so much burden that he is soon in tears to the locker room and disappeared. “It was a relentless action of Ramos’, grumbled Klopp. “He has probably not made friends in Egypt.’

Salah led his country for the first time since 1990 to the world cup. The attacker of Liverpool was this season’s top scorer in the Premier League and got almost all the individual prizes in England.


Real won Saturday for the thirteenth time in history the european cup I, after 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016 and 2017. In 1962, 1964 and 1981 was ‘the Royal’ losing finalist. Liverpool was for the eighth time in the final. It won in 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984 and 2005 and was also in 1985 and 2007 runner-up.

Zinedine Zidane is the first coach who three times in a row the cup with the big ears in the air if stitches. Only Carlo Such and Bob Paisley won the most important tournament for European clubs also three times as a trainer. The Italian, Such as it did in 2003 and 2007 with AC Milan, and in 2014 with Real Madrid. The English trainer Paisley led Liverpool in 1977, 1978 and 1981, and three times to the profit of the Europe Cup I.

The 45-year-old Zidane began in January 2016 at Real Madrid, as successor to the sacked Rafael Benitez.

Cristiano Ronaldo picked up his fifth Champions League trophy. thus he is at the same height with seven former players of Real Madrid, among them Alfredo Di Stefano, and the Italians Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Costacurta. One player did even better. The Spaniard Francisco ‘Paco’ Gento won the european Cup I in the fifties and sixty six times with the ‘Royal’.

With fifteen goals has Ronaldo already for the seventh time leading scorer. ‘CR7’ was in the 2007-2008 season for the first time top scorer in the Champions League. He had eight goals for Manchester United. In 2013 (twelve goals), 2014 (seventeen), 2015 (ten), 2016 (sixteen) and 2017 (the twelve), he was also the most surefire player.

Ronaldo had that title in 2015 or share it with Neymar and Lionel Messi. With a total of 120 goals the 33-year-old Portuguese is also the top scorer of all time in the Champions League. Messi follows up with hundred of hits.

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